Dream Centre Expansion Helps Kids Thrive

(May 24, 2019)

Do you have compassion for children who are at risk of dropping out of school? If so, then we have great news!

ER is expanding our Dream Centre near Cape Town, South Africa. Thanks to generous donors, we were able to add a new campus to serve the older kids enrolled in our after-school program.

Three 40-foot containers and one 20-foot container arrived and were placed into position on May 6. Following that, the  electrical and the plumbing were installed. The containers will serve as classrooms and a bathroom.

The installation of these classrooms will have a huge impact the families who we serve, many of which live in local settlements. More than 70% (according to Time Magazine) of children drop out of school in the region because of poverty, language/cultural challenges and a lack of support. Sadly, many end up in gangs or prostitution and without hope.

The Dream Centre is changing this. More than 30 kids are currently enrolled and, despite many challenges to overcome, they are thriving in school and tracking well toward graduation.

The installation of the second campus allows us to separate the older kids from the younger ones per governmental requirements. This not only provides a safer environment and reduces congestion, but also makes classroom instruction far easier.

As these joyful kids dream about their futures, would you consider joining us as a short-term volunteer or staff? With two campuses and lots of kids, we need lots of help! Interested in traveling to beautiful South Africa? Email us at mobilization@extremeresponse.org.